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August 12, 2011 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
TLA Video at 1520 Locust St., a beloved Center City store catering to nearly every taste in film, will be closing its doors for good. The store will end rentals after Aug. 21 and close until Aug. 25, when it will sell off inventory through Aug. 29 and again from Sept. 1 to 6. Customers this week lamented the soon-to-be passing of the neighborhood institution, which has been there since the late 1980s. Terry Bosworth, 53, recalled how he would tell employees about a film he was looking for: " 'I want that movie where so and so do this and that,' and they come up with the title.
BUSINESS
October 4, 2011 | By Daniel Carvalho, Inquirer Staff Writer
Goofy signs declaring, "No Humans Allowed. " Ceiling in eye-catching purple. Posters of Wizard of Oz -era Judy Garland. There's a lot to look at inside TLA Video in Bryn Mawr, but in the end, most visitors are there for one thing: movies. There are aisles and aisles of them, and a staff of self-proclaimed film nerds to guide the way. The Lancaster Avenue store now finds itself the last of seven TLAs, and its future beyond the expiration of its lease in October 2012 is uncertain.
LIVING
March 21, 1995 | By Cheryl Squadrito, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
When his phone rings, Mark Henry wonders if it could be The Call from Hollywood. His screenplays have been sent to film studios and agents. He has a film degree from Temple University. He has worked as a production assistant on movie sets in Philadelphia. But until he gets his big break, Henry will feed his film appetite as a clerk at TLA Video near South Street. "Although I really like my job, I would rather be in Quentin (Tarantino)'s shoes," Henry said of his film idol.
BUSINESS
February 23, 1990 | By Susan Warner, Inquirer Staff Writer
After nearly a decade of showing alternative movies, the operators of the Roxy Screening Rooms on Sansom Street are about to cut to the videotape. In March, Roxy Screening Room Inc.'s seven-year run at the 259-seat art house will end and the company will concentrate on TLA Video, the movie-rental business it founded in 1985. "The audience is changing," said Ray Murray, president of Roxy Screening Room Inc. "The people who used to come to our theaters are now renting videos.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 23, 1986 | By Desmond Ryan, Inquirer Movie Critic
If you own a VCR, you're probably familiar with the six-month syndrome. As soon as the recorder is out of the box and hooked up, you're off to the store, renting everything you liked, missed or haven't seen in years. After six months, you find yourself bouncing between rental outlets because it's harder and harder to find something you really want to see. One reason is that many stores - especially neighborhood outlets - concentrate on the most popular titles. One solution, if you live in Center City, has been TLA Video, upstairs next to the Theater of the Living Arts, 334 South St. As one would expect from the fare running on that theater's big screen, this has been one place where you could count on finding the offbeat art film and the elusive foreign movie.
NEWS
February 27, 2015
Where: 1607 S. Broad St., 267-314-5936, cinemug.coffee. The lowdown: CineMug is a caffeine-fueled shot in the arm for the video-rental business. Backstory: Owner Dan Creskoff is rental-store royalty, one of the final managers of dearly departed TLA Video. "Customers used to love hanging out and talking about movies, so why not provide a place where they could do that?" CineMug opened about a month ago. Creskoff chose South Philly for its "vibrancy. " The beans: ReAnimator Coffee's Foundation Blend, plus a rotating list of single-origins.
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September 22, 2009 | By Carrie Rickey INQUIRER MOVIE CRITIC
Law Abiding Citizen, F. Gary Gray's vigilante thriller starring Jamie Foxx and Gerard Butler that was shot locally this year, will open the 18 1/2 annual Philadelphia Film Festival - yes, that's 18 1/2 - running Oct. 15 to 19. The abbreviated event premiering about 30 features and docs marks the bow of the festival's new management and its move to the fall season. "Consider it the amuse-bouche before the full-blown banquet of Festival 19 next October," Harlan Jacobson, PFF artistic director, said yesterday of the program, which includes films starring George Clooney, Chris Rock and Meg Ryan.
NEWS
May 8, 2001 | By Steven Rea INQUIRER MOVIE CRITIC
Canicide ruled at the Philadelphia Festival of World Cinema, as How to Kill Your Neighbor's Dog, a black comedy about a writer at his wit's end, took the jury awards for feature and first film at the PFWC closing ceremony last night. Director Michael Kalesniko was expected to accept the prizes for his work, starring Kenneth Branagh and Robin Wright Penn. The 10th edition of the festival - and the first under the artistic directorship of TLA Video president Ray Murray - was, by most accounts, a resounding success.
NEWS
February 22, 1996 | by Mark de la Vina, Daily News Staff Writer
Before this weekend's opening of "Rumble in the Bronx," catching a Jackie Chan film required some serious sleuthing on the part of a movie buff. The Hong Kong film star is a near-deity in Asia, but few video stores in the Philadelphia area stock much from Hong Kong's celebrated movie industry. TLA Video at 1808 Spring Garden St. has such Chan faves as "Armour of God" and "Project A" while the sister TLA store at 1520 Locust St. carries "Police Story" under the title "Police Force.
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February 27, 2015
Where: 1607 S. Broad St., 267-314-5936, cinemug.coffee. The lowdown: CineMug is a caffeine-fueled shot in the arm for the video-rental business. Backstory: Owner Dan Creskoff is rental-store royalty, one of the final managers of dearly departed TLA Video. "Customers used to love hanging out and talking about movies, so why not provide a place where they could do that?" CineMug opened about a month ago. Creskoff chose South Philly for its "vibrancy. " The beans: ReAnimator Coffee's Foundation Blend, plus a rotating list of single-origins.
NEWS
March 25, 2013 | By Jeff Gammage, Inquirer Staff Writer
Everybody knows video stores are dead. Dead as an idea and dead as a business. Except, somehow, Miguel Gomez didn't get the memo. "I am," said the 32-year-old film fanatic, "quite the optimist. " And, in downtown Ardmore, he's making a stand, opening Viva Video: The Last Picture Store in the glassy, three-room expanse of what used to be a toy shop. He's sure he can attract not just a niche of customers but a big, healthy slice, luring people who love browsing for surprises, who dislike the thumbnail-size posters that pass for description on Netflix, and who see a local video store the same way they see a neighborhood coffee shop: A place for sustenance and conversation.
BUSINESS
October 4, 2011 | By Daniel Carvalho, Inquirer Staff Writer
Goofy signs declaring, "No Humans Allowed. " Ceiling in eye-catching purple. Posters of Wizard of Oz -era Judy Garland. There's a lot to look at inside TLA Video in Bryn Mawr, but in the end, most visitors are there for one thing: movies. There are aisles and aisles of them, and a staff of self-proclaimed film nerds to guide the way. The Lancaster Avenue store now finds itself the last of seven TLAs, and its future beyond the expiration of its lease in October 2012 is uncertain.
NEWS
August 12, 2011 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
TLA Video at 1520 Locust St., a beloved Center City store catering to nearly every taste in film, will be closing its doors for good. The store will end rentals after Aug. 21 and close until Aug. 25, when it will sell off inventory through Aug. 29 and again from Sept. 1 to 6. Customers this week lamented the soon-to-be passing of the neighborhood institution, which has been there since the late 1980s. Terry Bosworth, 53, recalled how he would tell employees about a film he was looking for: " 'I want that movie where so and so do this and that,' and they come up with the title.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 3, 2011 | By Dan Gross
GERMANTOWN Academy grad Bradley Cooper and Abbie Cornish take over Sampan (124 S. 13th) Friday, filming what we hear is the new ending for "Limitless. " The film, also starring Robert De Niro , was called "The Dark Fields" while shooting here last spring. A movie spokeswoman did not reply to questions about the nature of the Sampan scene or whether there are more reshoots in town for the thriller, scheduled to open March 18. While it's the first movie shoot at chef Michael Schulson 's Sampan, the restaurant regularly hosts movie dialogue.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 22, 2010 | By Dan Gross
WITH THE EAGLES cutting Hank Baskett , the future is uncertain for local production of "Kendra. " The E! show, which follows the wide receiver and Playboy Playmate bride Kendra Wilkinson , began shooting in the area several weeks ago. The couple, and their son, Hank IV , recently moved into the Residences at Two Liberty Place in Center City. Inquiries to E! and to Wilkinson's reps about plans for shooting were not returned. The Philadelphia Film Festival kicks off Oct. 14 and Ray Murray hopes it's very successful.
NEWS
September 22, 2009 | By Carrie Rickey INQUIRER MOVIE CRITIC
Law Abiding Citizen, F. Gary Gray's vigilante thriller starring Jamie Foxx and Gerard Butler that was shot locally this year, will open the 18 1/2 annual Philadelphia Film Festival - yes, that's 18 1/2 - running Oct. 15 to 19. The abbreviated event premiering about 30 features and docs marks the bow of the festival's new management and its move to the fall season. "Consider it the amuse-bouche before the full-blown banquet of Festival 19 next October," Harlan Jacobson, PFF artistic director, said yesterday of the program, which includes films starring George Clooney, Chris Rock and Meg Ryan.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 10, 2009 | By Tirdad Derakhshani INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Don't let the title fool you. Pornography, the feature debut of Philadelphia-born writer-director David Kittredge, which will screen at Philadelphia QFest, is not a porn flick. It is, however, a deeply affecting and disturbing thriller that has earned Kittredge comparisons to David Lynch and David Cronenberg. Pornography is one of several strong QFest entries by local directors. Kittredge, 37, who grew up in Chestnut Hill and worked part-time at TLA Video during his senior year at Penn Charter, is the prototypical video store clerk turned Hollywood success.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 13, 2009 | By Tirdad Derakhshani INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Dennis Potter referred to the cancer that killed him in 1994 at the age of 59 as Rupert, after media mogul Rupert Murdoch, who represented everything the dramatist loathed about the media, especially his chosen medium, TV. To Potter, TV didn't have to be a boob tube. Best-known for his surreal 1986 hardboiled noir musical, The Singing Detective, he infused his more than 40 TV plays and series with complex stories, imagery, and often controversial social commentary. Dennis Potter: 3 to Remember, from Koch Vision (www.
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